Special attention has been paid to two covid vaccines in the process of obtaining them for the control of coronavirus in the country.
Prof. Channa Jayasumana, Minister of State for Pharmaceuticals, Supplies and Regulation, said that the Oxford vaccine in Britain and the Sputnik vaccine in Russia seemed to be more suitable for a country like Sri Lanka.
It has also been reported that the Covid Vaccine could possibly be available from March in Sri Lanka.
The World Health Organisation had pledged free vaccines to cover 20% of the population. However the basis of the distribution has not been decided.
The current cold storage requirements could hamper the administration of some vaccines.
According to the disclaimer and warnings in covid vaccines that are administered, it is not recommended for children under 16, for pregnant and lactating mothers and has a warning to refrain from getting pregnant for two months after the vaccine. The manufacturers also state that the vaccine does not guarantee 100% immunity from the virus.
Meanwhile the Russian developed Sputnik V vaccine is only recommended for those between 16-60 since the testings have only been conducted for this age group.
A special Task force headed by Lalith Weeratunga, Senior Advisor to the President, has been given the responsibility of coordinating the importation of the vaccine.
He had stated the considerations of three vaccines, Sputnik V, manufactured in Russia, Sinovac, manufactured in China, and UK’s Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.